Chris Van Allsburg
Lesson plans for Jumanji, Polar Express, and others

|About the Author| |Bad Day at Riverbend| |Ben's Dream| |The Garden of Abdul Gasazi| |Jumanji| |Just a Dream| |The Mysteries of Harris Burdick| |The Polar Express| |The Stranger| |The Sweetest Fig| |Two Bad Ants| |The Widow's Broom| |The Wreck of the Zephyr| |The Wretched Stone| |The Z was Zapped| |Zathura|

About the Author

Chris Van Allsburg
The author's official site.

A video interview with Chris Van Allsburg
Biography, bibliography, video clips, and transcript.

Bad Day at Riverbend

Bad Day at Riverbend
Summary, discussion questions, reading and writing lessons, more. This 4-page document requires Adobe Reader for access.

Ben's Dream

Ben's Dream
Links to resources on the Statue of Liberty, the Taj Mahal, Mount Rushmore, and other sites mentioned in the book.

Leapin' Landmarks: Locating 10 Man-made Landmarks Around the World
Links to a lesson integrating literacy and geography, including all the handouts. Adobe Reader or compatible application required for access. This is a sample lesson at a commercial site.

A Teacher's Guide to Ben's Dream
Summary, discussion questions, ideas for reading and writing lessons. This 3-page document requires Adobe Reader for access.

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi Discussion Guide
Summary, discussion questions, a lesson on describing characters using dialogue, a reading lesson on finding details to support opinions, and suggestions for writing. This 4-page document requires Adobe Reader for access.

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi
Students note details as they read. Includes text-dependent questions, vocabulary words, a culminating task, and additional learning activities. Word processor required for access.

Jumanji

Jumanji
Summary, discussion points, activities.

A Teacher's Guide to Jumanji
Summary, teaching ideas (including a lesson on verbs and suggestions for differentiation), and 3 suggestions for postreading projects. This 4-page document requires Adobe Reader for access.

Just a Dream

A Teacher's Guide to Just a Dream
Summary, discussion questions, reading and writing lessons, and suggestions for postreading projects. This 4-page document requires Adobe Reader for access.

Just a Dream
Questions with emphasis on economic concepts of natural resources and scarcity.

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

A Teacher's Guide to The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
Summary, discussion questions, and suggestions for writing lessons. This 4-page document requires Adobe Reader for access.

Writing Activity: Harris Burdick Stories
After reading The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, students create their own stories about the pictures. By navigating the Internet, students learn more about the writing process to help them create their stories.

Polar Express

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The Stranger

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The Sweetest Fig

A Teacher's Guide to The Sweetest Fig
Summary, discussion questions, reading lesson, writing lesson, and suggestions for a post-reading project. This 3-page document requires Adobe Reader for access.

Two Bad Ants

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The Widow's Broom

A Teacher's Guide to The Widow's Broom
Summary, discussion questions, a writing lesson, a reading lesson, and ideas for post-reading activities. This 3-page document requires Adobe Reader for access.

The Wreck of the Zephyr

A Teacher's Guide to The Wreck of the Zephyr
Summary, discussion questions, a writing lesson, a reading lesson, suggestions for differentiation, and ideas for post-reading activities. This 4-page document requires Adobe Reader for access.

The Wreck of the Zephyr
An extensive list of post-reading activities.

The Wretched Stone

A Teacher's Guide to The Wretched Stone
Plot summary, discussion questions, a writing lesson, a reading lesson, ideas for differentiation, and suggestions for postreading projects. This 4-page document requires Adobe Reader for access.

The Z was Zapped

A Teacher's Guide to The Z was Zapped
Summary, discussion questions, a writing lesson, a reading lesson, a suggestion for differentiation, and ideas for postreading activities. This 3-page document requires Adobe Reader for access.

Zathura

Zathura
Plot summary, discussion questions, ideas for integrating science, ideas for differentiation, and writing topics. This 7-page document requires Adobe Reader for access.

Zathura
Students note details as they read. Includes text-dependent questions, vocabulary words, a writing task, and additional learning activities. Word processor required for access.



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